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    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    On Monday, AFL-CIO president John Sweeney again tried to justify his reflexive protectionist opposition to free trade with Colombia on the grounds that there was too much violence against unionists in the country. CATO’s Juan Carlos Hidalgo flags a Boston Globe op-ed exposing Sweeney’s lies: The Democrats also say they … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    The larger story out of Speaker Nancy’s Pelosi’s decision to kill the Colombia Free Trade Agreement is not that she did it, but that how she did it guts more than three decades of precedent and destroys U.S. credibility on free trade. That said, there is still a strong factual … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    AFL-CIO president John Sweeney has an op-ed in today’s Washington Post claiming that concern for the safety of union leaders in Colombia is behind his opposition to the Colombia Free Trade Agreement. We’ll let you decide if Sweeney cares more about member union dues or the supposed safety concerns of … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    Remember back when some Democrats supported free trade? It was called the 90s. Of course, some Democrats still support free trade, but as Speaker Nancy Pelosi demonstrated yesterday, the protectionist wing of party is in full control today. The only Democrats that seem to support free trade today no longer … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to rewrite House rules to gut the up or down vote requirement at the core of the U.S. fast track trade policy is a truly historic blow to free trade. For today’s Free Trade Fact of the Day we look at Reuters reporting on the unprecedented … More

    Morning Bell: Killing Colombia Is Just the Beginning

    Any doubt that the Democratic Party is completely beholden to organized labor is now over. Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) unprecedented step to strip the up-or-down vote requirement from the Colombia Free Trade Agreement undermines the spirit of fast-track trade law and deals a death blow to any administration’s ability to … More

    Pelosi Plays Political Games by Blocking Colombia Trade Deal

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi today announced she will ask Democrats to alter the rules that would have required Congress to vote on a proposed Free Trade Agreement with Colombia in 90 days. In doing so, she and her liberal colleagues will alter the rules of procedure to suit their partisan … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    The Colombia Free Trade Agreement before Congress now is splitting the former first family in two. Former President Bill Clinton is for it, and wanna-be-President Hillary Clinton is against it. Organized labor is a lot less divided on the issue, despite the fact that their opposition to the deal will … More

    Morning Bell: Liberal Lies Connect Economy and War

    Reporting on yesterday’s events on Capitol Hill, the New York Times notes: “It is not easy to draw a straight line from the slumping economy to the war in Iraq and a trade deal with Colombia, but Democrats are trying to connect those dots.” For liberals, the connection between Iraq … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    In yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice laid out a strong case for free trade with Colombia on U.S. security grounds. She also noted the following facts on how this deal will benefit U.S. workers: This agreement is also a far better deal for U.S. workers … More